The Trough – One of Brent’s Favorites

Trough-beautifulThis month’s featured location is the Trough on the Potomac’s South Branch; it’s a favorite of Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper. A 6-mile long wooded gorge carved by the river and situated in the Allegheny Mountains of Hampshire and Hardy Counties, West Virginia, the area was the site of a 1756 skirmish of the French and Indian War, known as the “Battle of the Trough”.

Brent describes it as a great float, with even better scenery. Jerry’s General Trough Store and Canoe outfitter really does their best to take care of you. Jerry is a Firefighter in the DC area for 4-day shifts, and his wife Sabrina is a local school teacher. Their two boys energetically climb all over the canoe trailers as their Dad loads them up.

So secluded, there are only two ways to see the Trough: from the ground, by boat, or train because there are no roads or public hiking trails. One great thing about the Trough is seeing the Potomac Eagle Scenic train scoot along the banks. Both from the train and from the river, you’ll be able to see the bald eagles who make the Trough their home.